Death at Grange Cohan reverberates through city

Eoghan Dalton and Dermot Keyes Report

Eamonn McCarthy, the homeless man who was found dead in the St John’s Park area almost a fortnight ago, has been remembered as a gentleman by those who knew him. The 48-year-old, originally from Larchville and a resident of local homeless services over the past decade, was found by Gardaí at 7.45am on Thursday, November 22nd, on the green at Grange Cohan. He was unresponsive and wasn’t breathing.
Gardaí have said they are not treating the death as suspicious and a file is being sent to the Coroner’s Court. Thanks to CCTV footage they believe Mr McCarthy had been lying outside in the overnight weather for some time in the hours prior to his passing.

Eamonn McCarthy, originally from Larchville, who died on Thursday last, November 22nd.

Eamonn McCarthy, originally from Larchville, who died on Thursday last, November 22nd.

It’s understood he was the first homeless person to die on the streets of Waterford in 12 years. According to friends and family, he had struggled with alcoholism over the past 20 years but had been sober for much of 2018. It’s believed he relapsed after the suicide of a friend about a week before his death. “He was in a good place, but he had longstanding problems and demons,” said one member of the city’s homeless services.
Other people who worked with Eamonn in Waterford’s homeless services said he was a man who liked to help people, and often looked after animals in one unit, tending to the fish as well as a dog.

“With everybody, he saw the good in them. He was a very soft kind of a man in a way,” one official said.
Eamonn was also remembered for his deep love of Waterford and Ireland, including in sport, and was buried in St Otteran’s Cemetery in the county hurling jersey. Every Easter Sunday for several years, he would raise the Tricolour at one hostel. His younger brother, Seán said he had lived and worked in London in the 1980s. He had also worked locally in Cleaboy with ABB Transformers as a welder.

Seán added that Eamonn had been attending AA meetings throughout the year and was volunteering his services in Waterford. Before his friend’s death, it’s believed he hadn’t drank alcohol since March.
“You mightn’t see him for a couple of months but there would be contact. We had great hopes for him, it had been longest period he had been sober.”When it came to soccer, Eamonn was a huge Celtic fan as well as lending his cheers to Waterford FC. Remembering him online, Seán McCarthy said one of the things he would always remember of his brother were their “late night chats putting the world to rights”.

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